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groovedaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-25-11 11:16 AM
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Why Is That a Secret?
A former top official in charge of ensuring that real secrets are kept secret has delivered a stunning repudiation of the Obama administrations decision to use the Espionage Act against a whistle-blower attempting to expose government waste and abuse.

J. William Leonard, who directed the Information Security Oversight Office during the George W. Bush administration, filed a formal complaint about the prosecution with the Justice Department and the National Security Agency, and urged punishment of officials who needlessly classify documents that contain no actual secrets.

In the case in question, Thomas Drake, an N.S.A. employee, faced 35 years in prison for espionage after he leaked information to a reporter about a potential billion-dollar computer boondoggle. The case collapsed last month with Mr. Drake walking away after a token misdemeanor plea to providing information to an unauthorized person. The government was deservedly berated by Judge Richard Bennett of Federal District Court in Maryland for an unconscionable pursuit of the accused across four years of hell.

Prosecutors dropped the felony charges at the 11th hour after Judge Bennett ordered them to show allegedly classified material to the jury. But Mr. Leonard said he was willing to testify for Mr. Drake that there were no secrets at issue and that he had never seen a more deliberate and willful example of government officials improperly classifying a document.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/25/opinion/why-is-that-a...
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